The Quirky Detective: A Dissection

  1. They have at least one friend whose sole purpose is to witness their brilliance and occasionally act as decoys or foils. Auguste Dupin’s adventures are reported by a friend, and Doyle pretty obviously copied that trope in the form of John Watson. Hercule Poirot’s Watson is either Inspector Japp or Captain Hastings, depending on the book. Wimsey strays a little from type in that his buddy Inspector Parker isn’t his recorder but is more active in the investigations. He does what Wimsey admits is the boring part of the work. Wimsey is, in general, more of a team player than the others, with a lot of helpers in Bunter, the Cattery, Harriet Vane, or his sister, Mary. Inspector Parker’s witness role is more in asking Wimsey to explain his brilliance as they work through the case, instead of waiting until the end to ask for the full play-by-play.

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Vivian Yongewa

Vivian Yongewa

Writes for content farms and fun. Has an AU historical mystery series on Kindle.